What do we mean when we say “best film”? Films that have garnered unanimous praise? Films that launch an endless buzz of awards consideration? Yes, the best films usually do get people talking. But to me, the best films of the year are quite simply the ones that stay with me long after I’ve left the theater. The ones that pull me in and won’t let go, the ones with the power to move me even as I sit comfortably in my seat. What I’ve compiled here is a list of movies that have struck me emotionally as a viewer and left the storyteller in me completely floored. These movies have either devastated me or inspired me, sometimes both. These aren’t the kinds of films that are forgettable, but rather linger in your heart whether you want them to or not. Lucky for you, I’m here to tell you all about them and why you should see them if you haven’t already. Continue reading
Legacy, in its broadest sense, is what we leave behind. It’s what we pass on to our children and so forth. The choices we make, the sins we commit, or perhaps the conflicts we leave unresolved; the things we do in our lifetime can echo across generations. The Place Beyond The Pines takes the notion of legacy and reveals its devastating impact on the lives that follow one another down a disastrous road. Using a three-part structure, writer and director Derek Cianfrance tells the story of two separate fathers, and how a small coincidence has huge repercussions for their respective sons. Think twice before seeing this film. This is not for the hopeful. Pines will take you to a place filled with guilt, tragedy, and no easy answers. It will leave you broken.